In March 2006, Paul Adler and Fiona Adler left for their attempt to climb Mount Everest. 

We posted live updates here throughout our climb, as well as during the final stages of our preparation.  We hope that this helped our friends, family and other interested parties to experience the adventure with us along the way.

Our current projects are www.womo.com.au, www.myeverest.com and www.powerdiary.com.au



Clothing

Down suit

One of our most important pieces of equipment, these single piece Eider Articheski down suits provide good protection from cold.  We will be using them above camp 2.  They have full side and rear zips, and plenty of internal pockets for keeping batteries and drinks warm.  High wear points on the shoulders, arms and legs are reinforced with Kevlar.  There is an internal polar fleece jacket and hood sewn into the suit, which adds warmth and helps keep it sitting on your upper body without compressing the down.  Weight is about 2 Kg.

 

Down jackets and vests

For when its slightly less cold, we both have Mont high altitude down jackets and vests as well.  These are extremely light-weight and compress into tiny bags

Gortex over-pants

Until we're wearing the down suits, we'll be wearing our Macpac Mountain Bibs when climbing.  Ours are an overall style, helping to keep you warm around the mid-section

Gortex jackets

For rain while we're trekking in and snow protection up higher when we're not wearing our down suits

Fleece jackets

For warmth up to base camp and will be used under down suits.  We each have a couple of these

Fleece pants

Worn on their own down low, and under other garments up high

Thermals

Lots of under-layers ranging in thickness

Synthetic walking pants

For hiking into base camp, these dry fast if they get wet.  Some also have zip off sections, allowing them to be worn as shorts

Synthetic T-shirts

Again, fast-drying fabrics are essential (otherwise the sweat from your body quickly gets very cold as soon as you stop)

Jet Heat Vests

Jett have supplied Paul and Fiona with batter-powered heat vests to use on their 2007 Expedition. Paul will wear it under his down suit above C3. This product has won many awards, but it hasnít been tested in the extreme cold of high altitude mountaineering, so we are interested to see how it performs.

Footwear

High altitude climbing boots

Boots like these eliminate the need for gaiters, and are said to provide the best protection from the cold.  Fiona has the Everest One Sports which she used on Khan Tengri with good success and Paul has Millet Everest 3 boots.  These will be used from base camp onwards.

Crampons

These are essential for walking on steep snow or any ice.  We'll have them on from base camp onwards.

Hiking boots

To hike from Lukla to base camp we'll use our regular hiking boots

Sandals

For using around base camp and during the trek in to base - most probably will be achieving that ever so stylish look of wearing them with thick socks underneath

Thick socks

Most of the time we will be using normal hiking, explorer type socks

High-tech socks

We will also have a couple of pairs of super-expensive Lorpen TEPA Polar-Stretch socks for using very high up.  These are made from a fleece like fabric and we could only purchase them from Europe

Thin socks

To use in combination with the thick or high-tech socks, these help with warmth and comfort

Electric foot warmers

Since experiencing frostbite, we are taking no chances with our feet and have invested in a set of Hotronic battery operated foot warmers.  These are like a mini-electric blanket with heat coming through an element mounted in a custom insole.  The battery can either clip onto the back of your boot, or using special extension leads which run up your legs inside your down suit, they can sit in your chest pockets.  This is also where you control the heat setting.  There are 3 settings - the lowest has a temperature of 32 degrees C and battery life of 17 hours and the highest is 72 degrees.  We should be able to recharge the batteries at base camp and have purchased additional batteries for when we're away from base camp for a long time
 

Chemical toe warmers

We have plenty of these which warm when they are opened from their packaging and stick onto your toes.  They go between the liner sock and the outer sock.  

Plastic freezer bags

That's right.  This household item will be used between our thin socks and thick socks to provide a water-proof barrier, keeping our warm perspiration close to our feet and not into our outer socks.  This helps keep your feet warmer

Head and Hand Wear

Fleece hats

For warmth in tent, while walking, etc

Neck warmers

Better than scarves because they don't come off - keep your ears warm too

Balaclavas

For use up high

Ski goggles

For use when its cold - provide warmth and protect the eyes from the very harsh UV which can cause snow-blindness

Glacier sun glasses

When its a bit warmer, we'll be using something like these to protect from UV

Sun hats

During the trek in and on some sections of the climb, its likely to be warm with harsh UV.  A sun hat with a neck covering is essential

Fleece gloves

Around camp and on lower parts of the trek we'll generally be wearing fleece gloves

Inner gloves

We'll be using polar tech OR gloves underneath our down mitts when climbing high

Down mitts

We have new OR Alti Mitts which we'll wear while climbing most of the time.  These are regarded as the best mittens available

Outer mitt

For when its very cold and/or windy, we'll also use a outer mitt to provide a further level of insulation.  These have been made by ourselves by cutting up a cheap synthetic sleeping bag (patent pending!)  

Chemical hand warmers

We have plenty of chemical hand warmers (the type that warm for about 8 hours when exposed to the air).  We'll be using them inside our mitts and especially making sure that we put them inside our thumb socket this time

Climbing Gear

Helmet

To protect from falling ice and rocks - especially when climbing in sections where other climbers are ahead of us

Climbing harness

Used so that we can use ropes (rope to each other or clip into fixed ropes).  Ours is a Black Diamond Alpine Bod that can be put on while standing up after your boots and crampons are already on.  The leg loops are adjustable to take into account your thick down suit.

Ice axe

These will be clipped into our harnesses at all times.  On flatter sections, we'll be using them like a walking stick for balance (holding on where the blade meets the handle) and on steep sections we'll be holding the handle and swinging it above our heads to dig into the ice we're climbing.  However, the main purpose of the ice axe is that if you fall and are sliding down the slope, you "self-arrest" by digging the blade into the ice as a brake

Climbing rope

For roping up to each other while climbing

Carabiners

For clipping into fixed ropes, and attaching ropes in general.  We'll have both locking and snap-lock versions

Figure 8

For abseiling down steep sections

Ascender / Jumar

Used for climbing fixed rope - they slide upwards but not downwards, allowing you to pull yourself up on the rope

Head lamp

For climbing at night, a strong head torch with a long-life battery will be used.

Oxygen Mask & Tanks

Once we're up high, and especially on our summit push, we'll be using supplemental oxygen.  The system has been developed by International Mountain Guides.  (Oxygen tanks also accompany the mask and regulator shown here.)

Camping and Carrying Gear

Climbing / trekking packs

We will be using normal hiking packs on the trek into base camp, and then smaller climbing packs as we go further up the mountain.  Although we won't need to carry everything as our tent, oxygen, etc will be carried in ahead of us, we'll still be carrying our personal equipment, clothes, etc.  On summit day, we'll need the packs to carry our oxygen tanks

Tents

Tents like these will be used above base camp.  At base camp they'll probably be bigger, less robust versions

Stove

Above base camp, we'll be using a stove like this to cook our dinner and importantly, to melt water

Ski poles

We find them handy for trekking and walking in snow (in conjunction with our ice axe)

Huge duffle bags

These will contain all of our gear and will be flown into base camp

Sleeping Gear

Down sleeping bag - heavy

These bags will be used for camps 2, 3 and 4.  They are enormous!!!

Down sleeping bag - light

These ones will be used at base camp and camp 1.  These are similar to what many people would have for hiking in winter

Silk sleeping bag liners

These are supposed to increase the body temperature by 5 degrees

Therma-a-rests

These provide the most comfortable night's sleep when camping - but can be a bit cold so will probably only be used at lower camps

Foam Mats

Not as comfortable but much warmer for high camps - will possibly use in combination with the therm-a-rests at lower camps for extra comfort

Pee-bottles

If its very cold or we're camped on a steep site, the idea is not to leave your tent at night! 

Miscellaneous Items

Nourishment

Although the food for our meals will be supplied by IMG, we are taking various snacks and supplements for use when climbing.  A big part of this will be Gu Energy Gels and Gu Sports Drinks as they provide both fast and slow release energy, as well as replacing electrolytes to aid in hydration
 

Water bottles

For the hike in

Thermoses

For water up high - otherwise it freezes

Camel back

System for having water inside a cask that you can suck from without having to worry about taking a pack off, undoing lids etc.  Hydration is really important at altitude so this is a necessity

Altitude watches

Shows how high we are using the air pressure.  These also let us monitor our heart rates

Digital cameras

We'll be taking one each

Satellite phone

We'll be accessing a satellite phone to use the internet and communicate with home

PDA

The mini-computer we'll be using to update this website.  We'll also be accessing email using this

MP3 Players

Can't be without some tunes!

Pocket knife

Miscellaneous uses

First aid kit

Blister tape, paracetamol, asprin, Ibuprofin (aches and pains), Imodium (diarrhea), anti-biotics, bandages, Iodine (for purifying water), sunscreen, lipbalm, etc

Spare batteries

For everything - cameras, MP3 players, torches, etc

Books

Imagine we'll be spending a fair bit of time at base camp so these will come in handy  

Toiletries

Wet ones, face wipes, toothbrushes, soap, hair brush, shavers, towels, etc